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How to restore lost or deleted Yahoo emails


Reading, archiving, and deleting emails have become a routine for many of us that sometimes we don’t really think too much of what we’re doing until it’s too late. For example, you might be reading an email and delete it when you’re done, only to realize/remember that you need to refer to it again.

Most of the time, you can find the deleted email in your Trash or Deleted Emails folder, but what if you emptied out that email and you can’t retrieve it again? The good news is that if you’re using Yahoo Mail, there’s a pretty quick and easy way of recovering emails that have been lost or deleted.

Recover a deleted email

  1. Go to Yahoo’s help page
  2. Click the “Send a Restore Request” button
  3. Sign in your Yahoo account
  4. Fill up the form describing your issue
  5. Click “Create Request” and you’re done

Now all you need to do is wait for Yahoo’s customer service rep to get back to you and you should have your emails restored. Keep in mind that there are some limitations to this service. For starters, this only works on emails that have been lost or deleted from the past 7 days. Anything longer and you’re out of luck.

Yahoo also notes that sometimes the restoration process isn’t always successful, so don’t get your hopes up too much, but it is an option to explore if you want to try anyway. Yahoo also points out that emails that are sent from mailing lists, which they consider to be “non-emails”, cannot be restored.

In any case, whether or not Yahoo will be successful in restoring your email is one thing, but like we said, at least Yahoo has an avenue of help should you ever find yourself in such a position. One way to prevent this from happening is to simply archive emails instead of deleting them, and maybe also consider downloading them and saving them onto a hard drive if you have emails that are particularly important to you, and should it ever happen that one day you find yourself no longer being able to access your account.

Tyler Lee
A graphic novelist wannabe. Amateur chef. Mechanical keyboard enthusiast. Writer of tech with over a decade of experience. Juggles between using a Mac and Windows PC, switches between iOS and Android, believes in the best of both worlds.

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